Indian-Canadian professor tests road that self-repairs

Hindustan Times featured work by Nemkumar Banthia, a UBC civil engineering professor and scientific director of the Canada-India Research Center of Excellence IC-IMPACTS, also based at UBC.

Banthia worked to install a road in Karnataka that uses advanced materials and technology that makes it more resilient and longer-lasting. The special fibres used attract and retain moisture and help hydrate the road.

“These are fibres which have a hydrophilic nano-coating on them,” he said. “Every time you have a crack, you always have unhydrated cement and this water is now giving it the hydration capability, producing further silicates which actually closes the crack in time.”

Similar stories appeared in India Times and MSN U.K.